“The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
But the prayer of the upright is His delight.” (Proverbs 15:8, NKJV)
What a great verse. God is delighted when we pray to Him! You see, prayer causes us to stay close to the Lord and, in return, we grow spiritually. It is hard to get away from God unless you stop talking with Him. If you stop communicating with your spouse, children, or friends, your relationships with them are bound to suffer. You will drift apart and become strangers. But continue talking and sharing, and your relationships will grow stronger.
The same is true with your relationship with God. Habitual, continual prayer–walking and talking with God–will cause you to grow closer to Him.
I pray that if we meet twenty years from now, we will be able to swap stories of miraculous answers to prayer and tell one another of our endured disappointments and defeats, frustrations and failures–but we will still be walking steadfastly with the Lord. And that makes all the difference.